Emotions are a warning signal

Emotions are a great gift that allow us to enjoy life and all that it has to offer. However, the focus for this post is to look at them in a slightly different way. In line with what I have been sharing with you all, about how we live the feelings of our thoughts, I wanted to focus a bit more on the feelings themselves and the role that they play.

What we are feeling is in direct relation to our thoughts. So, when we find ourselves in a sad mood, we can be assured that we are having sad thoughts and this happens whether we are aware of them or not; when we are angry, we are having angry thoughts; when we are hurt, we have having hurtful thoughts; when we are feeling happy, we are having happy thoughts; when we are feeling love, we are having loving thoughts; and so on.

So how does knowing this help me live a more peaceful life? For two reasons.

The first is simply to recognize that when we are in a low feeling state, that feeling is telling us that we are innocently having low thoughts. The low feeling is a warning that we are holding on to low-level thoughts. Once your thinking changes, your mood will change and let me assure you that your thinking changes all the time, as long as you don’t hold on to or give a particular thought any importance. (In my next post, I’ll talk a bit more about letting go of thought.)

The second needs a bit more of an explanation. We all know that our thinking is crap when we are in a low mood. We think about all kinds of crazy things that seem so real to us at the time, only to recognize that they were only crazy thoughts once we are out of that mood. But, when we are in those low moods, we would bet anything on the fact that our thinking is real. Once our mood lightens and we see things with more clarity, we are able to recognize that our thinking was off base or even if it had some element of truth to it, that there are other factors that are more important than the one thing we were so focused on.

When you find yourself in a low mood, all I would advise for you is to recognize that you are in a low mood and that your thinking cannot be trusted. So, minimize any important interactions with others and live your life as best as you can, with kindness to yourself, while your mood lifts.

Likewise, when our loved ones treat us with disrespect, with aggression, or in any other hurtful way that you want to use to fill in the blank, you can be assured that they are believing and reacting to their low-level thinking, which is not very good thinking given that they are in a low state. As long as I am in a higher level of thought, knowing this makes it easier for me not to give my own thoughts any importance, which often come up as a response.

So, in short, our feelings are guides to the level of our thinking ,and we can utilize that to help us manage our lives with more care. The other day I heard Linda Pransky use the analogy that knowing how gravity works has allowed her to avoid some messes because she is aware of the fact that a glass will likely brake if it is dropped on the floor.

Until next time, may the four winds continue to guide your way.

Lots of love,
Daniel